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Originally posted by Jinglelord
For those commenting on how clear these pictures are it shouldn't be that surprising. My biggest surprise was the color depth and richness that was preserved.
Remember the first color photograph was somewhere aroung the 1860s / 1870s timeframe (not exactly sure right now) by the late 30s Kodak and Agfa were both offering commercially available color films which had gotten pretty good building off of over 60 years of experimentation and refinement.
I think the reason these are special is that they were stored properly. Color and black and white films degrade over time and it is even worse if not stored in a climate controlled dry place. The negatives or slides for these probably sat in a government storage archive for 60 or 70 years which are controlled to stop damage to documents, books microfiche etc and would have preserved the film well.
Many well preserved b&W from the era look even clearer.
Anyway these are amazing and I wish people would get to digitizing all their old photographs to share with the world!
Originally posted by Caji316
Great post.....That may look like hard times but those people are a lot happier than us right now....That's a Sunday picnic to what is coming to America...